Using the Internet as a Tool for Business Reporting

A Session for the Knight Fellows in Specialized Journalism

Ira Chinoy

Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

June 20, 2003

 

(see the list at the bottom for additional  sites recommended by the Knight Fellows)

 

Sites with links for business reporters

 

Society of American Business Editors and Writers:   Online resources

http://sabew.org/sabewweb.nsf/LinksView/D57CC7170C52F8DE86256B27006894D8

 

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR)

IRE Resource Center:  http://www.ire.org/resourcecenter/

NICAR Net Tour:  http://www.ire.org/training/nettour/

NICAR database library:  http://www.ire.org/datalibrary/databases/index.html

 

Chris Callahan’s resources page for reporters

http://reporter.umd.edu

Business page:  http://reporter.umd.edu/business.htm

 

PowerReporting.com

http://www.powerreporting.com/

Business beat: http://powerreporting.com/category/Beat_by_beat/Business

 

 

SEC filings

 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – EDGAR Database

www.sec.gov/edaux/searches.htm

 
Guide to SEC Forms
http://www.sec.gov/info/edgar/forms.htm
 
Examples for demo:
US SEARCH.COM INC: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1083087/000089843000003412/0000898430-00-003412-0001.txt
MARTHA STEWART CIK search: http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/srch-edgar?text=0001091801&first=2002&last=2003&mode=Simple
10K (annual): http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1091801/000095012303003695/y84713e10vk.htm
DEF 14A (proxy info): http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1091801/000095012302003236/0000950123-02-003236.txt
 

 

TenKWizard.com

http://www.tenkwizard.com/

 

FreeEdgar

http://www.freeedgar.com/

 

 

Examples of tools for making connections

 

Namebase

www.namebase.org

Example:  Enron

http://www.namebase.org/enron/

 

Kart00

http://kartoo.com/

 

TouchGraph GoogleBrowser

http://www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html

 

 

University of Maryland databases online

 

Business and economics-related databases

(Select “Business/Economics” under “Databases by Subject”)

http://www.lib.umd.edu/cgi-bin/databases.cgi

 

 

The economy

 

Federal Reserve:  Economic Research and Data

http://federalreserve.gov/rnd.htm

 

U.S. Census Economic Programs

http://www.census.gov/econ/www/index.html

 

 

Industry profiles

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

www.bls.gov

 

 

Business profiles

 

Hoover’s

www.hoovers.com

 

Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/

 

D & B

http://www.dnb.com/us/

 

 

E-commerce

 

U.S. Census Bureau E-Commerce Statistics

http://www.census.gov/eos/www/ebusiness614.htm

 

 

The business of politics

 

Federal Election Commission

www.fec.gov

 

The Center for Responsive Politics:  Opensecrets.org

www.opensecrets.org

 

The Center for Public Integrity:  State Projects

www.50statesonline.org

 

PoliticalMoneyLine / FECInfo / tray.com

http://www.tray.com/

 

 

Federal assistance:  The good, the bad, …

 

U.S. Small Business Administration

www.sba.gov

 

U.S. Department of Commerce

http://www.commerce.gov/

 

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance

http://www.cfda.gov/

 

Federal Assistance Award Data System

http://www.census.gov/govs/www/faads.html

 

Federal Audit Clearinghouse

http://harvester.census.gov/sac/

 

General Accounting Office:  GAO Reports

http://www.gao.gov/

 

Yahoo:  Government Fraud and Waste

http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/U_S__Government/Politics/Political_Issues/Government_Fraud_and_Waste/

 

Yahoo:  Corporate Welfare

http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/U_S__Government/Budget/Corporate_Welfare/

 

POGO: Project on Government Oversight

http://www.pogo.org/

 

 

 

Workplace and contract issues

 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

www.eeoc.gov

 

Federal Labor Relations Authority

www.flra.gov

 

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

www.fmcs.gov

 

OSHA Statistics and Data

http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/

 

OSHA Workplace Safety Data available from NICAR

http://www.nicar.org/data/osha/

 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Worker Fatalities Data

http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm

 

 

Globalism

 

World Bank Poverty Monitoring Database

http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/dg/povertys.nsf/DownloadSID?openform

 

Currency converter

http://www.expedia.com/pub/agent.dll?qscr=curc&&&&dchg=&&zz=1055015522052&

 

 

Consumer protection

 

Consumer Safety Product Commission

www.cpsc.gov

 

National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators

www.nacaanet.org

 

National Association of Attorneys General

www.naag.org

 

 

Invention and innovation

 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

http://patents.uspto.gov/

 

 

Law and regulation:  Federal

 

IRS

www.irs.gov/

 

Federal Trade Commission

http://www.ftc.gov/

 

Federal Register online

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html

 

U.S. Courts

http://www.uscourts.gov

 

Environmental Protection Agency

www.epa.gov

 

 

Licensing and Regulation:  State and local

 

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

www.dllr.state.md.us/query

 

National Association of Secretaries of State:  Corporate Registration

http://www.nass.org/busreg/corpreg.html

 

National Center for State Courts

http://www.ncsconline.org

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

http://www.clearhq.org/

 

 

Public records

 

SearchSystems:  Searchable public records on the web

http://www.searchsystems.net

 

 

Banking and finance

 

National Credit Union Administration

www.ncua.gov

 

Office of Thrift Supervision

www.ots.treas.gov

 

Federal Reserve Board

www.federalreserve.gov

 

Federal Financial Institution Examination Council

http://www2.fdic.gov/ubpr

 

Community Reinvestment Act Performance Ratings

http://www2.fdic.gov/dcacra

 

House Financial Services Committee

www.financialservices.house.gov

 

Senate Finance Committee

www.finance.senate.gov

 

 

Business on Business

 

PR Newswire

www.prnmedia.com

 

Business Wire

www.businesswire.com

 

Corporate Annual Reports

http://www.annualreportservice.com/

 

 

Nonprofits

 

American Institute of Philanthropy

www.charitywatch.org

 

The Foundation Center

www.fdncenter.org

 

National Association of State Charity Officials

www.nasconet.org

 

 

Insurance

 

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

www.naic.org

NAIC consumer information: http://www.naic.org/servlet/cis.Main

 

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

http://www.insurancefraud.org/home.html

 

Insurance Services Office, Inc.

http://www.iso.com/

ISO’s page of links:  http://www.iso.com/links/index.html

 

American Agent and Broker:  Magazine for insurance agents

www.agentandbroker.com

 

 

Trade Associations

 

Yahoo listings

http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Organizations/Trade_Associations/

 

National Association of Realtors

http://nar.realtor.com/

 

Health Care Insurance Association of America

http://www.hiaa.org/index_flash.cfm

 

The Epsom Salt Industry Council

http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/

 

 

Business of media

 

Federal Communications Commission

www.fcc.gov

 

Romanesko

http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45

 

Newspaper Association of America

www.naa.org

 

Magazine Publishers of America

www.mpa.org

 

National Association of Broadcasters

www.nab.org

 

National Association of Television Program Executives

www.natpe.com

 

National Cable Television Association

www.ncta.com

 

Interactive Advertising Bureau

www.iab.com

 

Motion Picture Association of America

www.mpaa.org

 

Recording Industry Association of America

www.riaa.org

 

 

Misc. sector-related sites

 

Food and Drug Administration  

www.fda.gov

 

Landings.com

www.landings.com

 

 

Grab bag

 

Data mining the web

www.searchenginewatch.com

 

The Library of Congress:  Thomas

http://thomas.loc.gov

 

Government Printing Office

www.gpo.gov

 

AskERIC

http://ericir.syr.edu

 

Department of Labor Research Resources 

http://www.dol.gov/oasam/library/resources/dol_resources.htm

 

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/index.html

 

Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.

www.bna.com

 

2003 Fair Market Rents

http://www.huduser.org/datasets/fmr.html

 

The Urban Institute’s State Database (Includes D.C.)

http://www.urban.org/Content/Research/NewFederalism/Data/StateDatabase/StateDatabase.htm

 

JOUR772 at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/772

 

 

 

Web sites recommended by Knight Fellows (more to come)

 

Financial glossary

http://glossary.mindshark.com/

 

Guidestar – Nonprofits, 990s

http://www.guidestar.com/

 

Rough & Tumble – daily news summary from California

http://www.rtumble.com/

 

Math for Journalists

http://stripe.colorado.edu/~yulsman/Math.html

 

BankruptcyData.com

http://www.bankruptcydata.com/

 

FreeErisa.com – Pension funds, etc

http://www.freeerisa.com/

 

Securities Class Action Clearinghouse

http://securities.stanford.edu/

 

Merlin Information Services

http://www.merlindata.com/

 

IPO Monitor

http://www.ipomonitor.com/

 

Quicken

www.quicken.com

 

Edgar Online Inc.

www.edgar-online.com

 

I Want Media

www.iwantmedia.com

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

www.clearhq.org

 

AlltheWeb (search engine)

www.alltheweb.com

 

Chatrooms

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=chatrooms

 

Yahoo Finance

http://finance.yahoo.com/

 

National Park Service

(data on park useage by month)

www.nps.gov

 

Office of Travel and Tourism Industries

International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce,

http://tinet.ita.doc.gov

 

Reporter.org:  Links to organizations of and for journalists

www.reporter.org

 

MyFlorida.com:  State of Florida agencies and information

www.myflorida.com

 

Center for Venture Research

www.unh.edu/cvr

 

The Corporate Library

www.thecorporatelibrary.com

 

Multex

 (Reuters global financial information and research)

www.multex.com

 

HowStuffWorks

www.howstuffworks.com

 

NewsEngin

www.newsengin.com

 

Standard & Poor’s

www.spglobal.com

 

MSN’s stock and fund screening tools

http://moneycentral.msn.com/articles/common/finderpro.asp

 

American Press Institute:  The Journalist’s Toolbox

http://www.journaliststoolbox.com/

 

Find Articles

www.findarticles.com

 

 

And one more thing …

 

Mining archives for news stories

See the syllabus and resources page for

the Philip Merrill College of Journalism (University of Maryland) course

on mining the National Archives for news stories,

and the two items at the bottom

detailing the recent explosion in high-stakes archival research

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/459A-779A/Syllabus.htm

http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/459A-779A/Resources.htm

 

http://www.archives.gov/research_room/holocaust_era_assets/research_plunder/reporters_and_search_for_nazi_gold.html

http://www.archives.gov/research_room/holocaust_era_assets/research_plunder/turning_history_into_justice.html